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2010 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover

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  • $29,860 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2010 Ford Escape Sport Utility Crossover

The 2010 Ford Escape is one of the most affordable and economical small SUVs, and its car-like ride and handling, along with good maneuverability, make it a solid choice for urban drivers. The Escape is a Top Safety Pick award winner from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and has received a five-star government rating in all crash tests. Mileage is estimated at 22 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway. MSRP starts at $20,515.

What's new for 2010?

The 2010 Ford Escape offers many of the new safety features that Ford is offering across its lineup for the model year. Options available include Active Park Assist, with sensors on the front and rear of the vehicle; Electric Power Assist Steering, to help guide into a parking space, and SYNC, which delivers up-to-date traffic, directions and information.

Model Strengths

  • Smooth ride and handling
  • fuel efficiency across the lineup
  • competitive pricing
  • hybrid available
  • an eco-friendly vehicle inside and out

Model Review

The Ford Escape is available in three trims: the base XLS, the workhorse XLT and the luxurious Limited.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com drives the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid and brings you this hands-on review that covers driving attributes and other up-close, on-the-road observations. TheCarConnection.com also researches reviews from other sources and presents you with some of the most useful ones here in an adjacent Full Review on the Escape Hybrid.

Considering it was launched in 2004, the latest 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid compact SUV is both popular and durable. Completely redesigned for 2008, the hybrid Escape was both the first hybrid manufactured in the United States and the first hybrid SUV. Nervous about how long those hybrid motors and batteries will last? Consider that more than 1,500 Ford Escape Hybrids are in regular use as New York City taxicabs!

Ford has regularly upgraded its hybrid-electric powertrain over the years. The Escape Hybrid carries over its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine for 2010. The dual overhead-cam engine puts out 153 horsepower, with the electric motor boosting torque as needed. The Escape Hybrid will run solely on battery power with its engine off up to 25 mph, and in some limited circumstances up to almost 40 mph.

The combination of electric motor/generators in the hybrid system acts as an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The gasoline engine always runs at its most fuel-efficient speed, regardless of how fast the car is traveling. Acceleration is good if not spectacular, though the engine will howl when floored.

But hybrid buyers look for gas mileage, and the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid comes in at 34 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, according to U.S. EPA ratings. We tested a 2009 Escape Hybrid and averaged a consistent 30 mpg on a route with substantial 75-mph cruising.

The all-wheel-drive version of the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid has a crucial distinction from all its hybrid competitors: The AWD system drives all four wheels mechanically. Other SUV hybrids use an electric motor for the rear wheels, which may shut off under extreme circumstances. We prefer the reliability of mechanical AWD as offered on the hybrid Escape.

Ground clearance is substantial at 8.5 inches, though the Escape isn't meant to be a rock-climbing off-roader like a Jeep. It's fine on dirt and gravel roads, with excellent road-holding considering its height, thanks to a suspension that was completely retuned last year.

That height makes the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid a square, upright vehicle that's larger than it looks from far away. The 2008 restyling takes it further into the butch-SUV mold, which may not entirely square with today's desires-but it's obviously a Ford, similar to its larger truck brethren.

Inside, seating room is decent for four adults, though the short bottom cushion of the rear seat makes it better for kids than taller adults. Visibility is good; everyone sits high up and the windows are deep and upright.

Wind noise, however, is a downside. It's higher than we expected and not as well suppressed as in competing compact SUVs. The mirrors are noisy at speed, though we like their large size and rearward visibility. Our 2009 test vehicle also suffers a moaning howl right at the 2,000-rpm mark that makes us crazy, though we've not experienced that problem on any other Escape Hybrid.

Instruments are easy to read in the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid, with blue-green backlighting. The high-gloss black plastic surfaces on the dash and doors seem to attract dust like a magnet, though.

Ford's Easy-Fuel capless gas filler system is a nice feature that eliminates a separate gas cap. After playing with our test vehicle's optional LED interior lighting a few times, its choice of several different colors for floor, console, and cup-holder lighting begin to feel like a gimmick.

We also aren't thrilled with the lack of integration between hybrid operating info on the instrument cluster and the console screen. One gauge in the cluster shows the battery charging and discharging, but the detailed fuel consumption data is only on the central console screen. We much prefer the newer 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, where both parts are integrated in graphical displays right in front of the driver.

For 2010, Ford switches to electric air conditioning from an engine-driven compressor, which means the AC will run whether or not the engine is on-a major feature for buyers in hot and humid states.

The folding rear seat might prove annoying to anyone who has to frequently alternate between cargo and rear-seat passengers. It requires all three headrests to be removed-but there's no place to stow them. Once the seat bottom is folded forward and the back flipped down, the load floor is flat and the Escape Hybrid offers 66.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Still, those headrests!

Ford's SYNC interface to infotainment systems is simply better than most others, and they are justifiably proud of it. Drivers and passengers can pair (most) Bluetooth mobile phones and connect (most) MP3 players, then operate them with voice commands-improving safety significantly by keeping the driver facing forward with hands on the steering wheel. Other features and options include Sirius Travel Link, which provides real-time traffic data, weather info, navigation, and even local fuel prices.

For 2010, Ford adds several new features, including the rearview reversing camera increasingly popular among families with young children. Another is an integrated spotter mirror that overlays convex mirrors aimed at the Escape Hybrid's blind spots on the top outer corners of both outside mirrors. The MyKey system electronically limits performance and stereo volume for designated teen drivers, and Ford's remarkable (if spooky) Active Park Assist measures parking spaces and steers the car into them.

As a family vehicle, the 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid has to score well on safety, and it does. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names it a Top Safety Pick, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it five stars in its front and side impact tests. Dual-stage front airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard, as are anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, tire-pressure monitors, and traction control.


The Bottom Line:

The 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid remains a solid, competitive entry among compact family SUVs and crossovers. Its fuel efficiency is superb, and the optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from any other AWD hybrid crossover.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components 8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/60,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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